. F36 428i xDrive Gran Coupe M-Sport I’ve been driving my new Gran Coupe for three weeks and am gradually getting to know it. The Gran Coupe styling is Beautiful and the M-Sport option gives it an aggressive look. The features are excellent, it’s comfortable and the confidence of xDrive makes this another perfect year-round car for us. After 10+ years with a 540i Sport as our highway car, I wasn’t sure how the little 4-pot would stack up in that role. To be sure the handling and feel are vastly different from the 540. The direct, connected feel of the earlier generations has bid us adieu but, it still manages to be an enjoyable car. The performance even with the base engine is remarkable. The silly thing is actually quicker up to 75 than its predecessor 290hp V8 540 that weighed the same! It provides nearly the same performance as our long gone 2008 335xi. ... How is that possible?? ... I don't know but, it's pretty darn great. On top of that, the gas mileage has been pleasing. During the first 1200 break-in miles it’s averaged just over 29 mpg overall. On a short interstate trip at 75+ mph it delivered nearly 31 mpg. Certainly better than the 540 ever got. It has yet to make its maiden voyage through the Ozarks so time will tell if it can truly replace the E39. I’m at least hopeful. .